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Board communique

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The CFA Board held its final meeting for 2017 on 18 December 2017.

Board communique

The Chair of the Board, Mr Greg Smith AM, began the meeting by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which the meeting was taking place.

Safety Share

The Safety Share is a standing item at Board meetings. This month, Board member Tim Young noted the need for caution that heightened awareness of response times does not place pressure on staff and volunteers to act in an unsafe manner.

Board committees

The Board heard from the Chairs of the Board Committees, noting particularly from the Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee that the development of a new Enterprise Risk Framework was proceeding well. The Board is looking forward to finalising the new Risk Framework at its first meeting in 2018.

The Chair was pleased to welcome Mr Stuart Ellis, the Chief Executive Officer of AFAC, to the Board meeting. Mr Ellis discussed a range of matters currently being considered by AFAC, including the Emergency Management Professionalisation Scheme (EMPS), national operational governance and predictive services.

Working with children

The Board had an in-depth discussion about child safety and the application of the Working with Children Check process in CFA. The Board noted that while it had recently extended the requirement to obtain a Working with Children Check, more could be done to help ensure child safety.

The Board agreed that all adult members in brigades with one or more members under the age of 18 years would be required to obtain a Working with Children Check. 

Respiratory Protection Replacement Project

The Executive Director Infrastructure Services advised the Board on the Respiratory Protection Replacement Project. The Board agreed to enter a contract for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) sets for the Respiratory Protection Replacement Project.  The project has been fully funded by the Victorian Government at $10.5 million.

Community Engagement Framework & Consultation Plan

The Chair of the Board’s Community Engagement Committee, Mr Tim Young, introduced a final draft of the new CFA Community Engagement Framework and Consultation Plan to the Board. The Board approved the Framework and consultation will begin in the New Year.

The Board agreed to undertake a skills analysis of Board members, using a skills matrix developed for the Board. When completed, the matrix will assist with professional development for the Board, as well as for recruitment and succession planning.

Response Time Data

The Board received advice about the second public release of response time data, and noted that CFA is working alongside brigades to improve response time performance, as well as working with brigades to educate them on hazard class classification. CFA is intending to commence a new hazard class automation process in early 2018.

It was also noted that CFA will be working with the Inspector General Emergency Management, who will be undertaking a piece of assurance work to support public reporting in the fire services.

CEO report

The Chief Executive Officer provided her report to the Board, highlighting that:

  • final negotiations are underway on the DMO/Tower Overseer Enterprise Agreement;
  • CFA is developing a new career firefighting attraction campaign; and
  • significant progress has been made to improve the complaints management process.
  • updated information on the work of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce (including that the Taskforce has issued an Interim Report); and
  • information on emergency medical response (EMR).

Chief Officer report

The Chief Officer presented his report, noting in particular:

  • updated information on the work of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce (including that the Taskforce has issued an Interim Report); and
  • information on emergency medical response (EMR).

Financial report

The Chief Financial Officer reported to the Board, noting the financial performance for the period ended 30 November 2017. The Board was pleased to note that the number of matters for improvement identified within VAGO Management Letters had dropped significantly from 2015/16 to 2016/17.

The  Chair concluded the meeting by noting the many achievements of CFA during 2017, thanking Board members for their contribution, and wishing all staff and volunteers a very happy and, above all else, safe Christmas.